What is RCS and why you might want it

A lot of people have become bored with SMS messaging, and the tech industry is very aware of it. While services such as Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp allow you to add photos, GIFs and videos to your messages, they are not universal solutions — for example, you can’t send a WhatsApp message if your correspondent uses Facebook Messenger.

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Taylor Swift tracked stalkers with facial recognition tech at her concert

Taylor Swift held a concert at California’s Rose Bowl this past May that was monitored by a facial recognition system. The system’s target? Hundreds of Swift’s stalkers. Swift’s facial recognition system was built into a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals, which would secretly record onlookers’ faces. According to Rolling Stone, which spoke with a concert security expert who

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All the news from Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee

Earlier this week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee on a wide-ranging set of issues, from alleged liberal bias in search results to YouTube moderation issues to the company’s plans to launch a search product for the Chinese market. The event was notable because it was Pichai’s first appearance before the Republican-controlled House, after a long

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You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life

An AI vision company is launching a wearable camera for tracking your relationships. If that sounds creepy… well, it sort of is. And if it sounds useful, it might be that, too. It’s a device that seems almost custom-built to tap into our fears about how technology will change relationships. And it almost certainly won’t be the last of its

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Machine learning could help figure out what pooped on your produce

This year, hundreds of people got diarrhea from Salmonella-contaminated beef, tahini, kratom, even pet guinea pigs, to name just a few. Salmonella bacteria normally hang out in animal intestines — and now, scientists are using machine learning to identify which animal’s intestines emitted the unpleasant and dangerous bacteria. Researchers led by Xiangyu Deng at the University of Georgia trained an

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